NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Montreal|
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Peter Budaj posted 30 saves to lead Montreal
to a 4-1 win over Toronto in the final game of the season.
Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist while Brad Staubitz, Tomas Plekanec
and Erik Cole each lit the lamp for the Canadiens (31-35-16), who won two of
three to close out the season, but still finished in last place in the
"I want to say merci beaucoup a nous fans," said Montreal head coach Randy
Cunneyworth. "We really appreciate the fans at the end for a good effort. The
future is up to the new management which will come in time. Obviously, I've
enjoyed being here in Montreal and being part of this organization and I'd
like to stay."
Dion Phaneuf scored the only goal of the game for the Maple Leafs (35-37-10),
who dropped five of seven to finish just two points ahead of Montreal. Ben
Scrivens gave up three goals on 26 shots in the loss.
"We had all kinds of opportunities and had 10 to 12 great scoring chances but
a post here and a post there kept them out," said Toronto head coach Randy
Carlyle. "It was one of those nights for us."
It's the first time since the 2006-07 season that Montreal is missing the
postseason while Toronto has not made it to the playoffs since the season
before the lockout.
Plekanec scored shorthanded 3:20 in when he got the puck past the point man
and raced in on a breakaway before getting it past Scrivens for his 17th of
It was 2-0 1:18 into the second on a 2-on-1 break that saw Pacioretty shoot
from the low left side and get it in for his 33rd of the season.
Toronto cut its deficit in half just 25 seconds into the third when a left
point blast got through a screen, but the Leafs got it back 3 1/2 minutes
later when Cole blew a shot past Scrivens on the fly down the right wing.
Staubitz scored into the empty net with under two minutes to play to seal the
Each team won three times in the season series...Toronto went 0-for-5 on the
power play while Montreal was 0-for-3...Montreal finished dead last in the
Eastern Conference while Toronto finished 13th.
04/07 23:31:14 ET